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Delos Cosgrove, MD - Chief Executive Officer and President, Cleveland Clinic
Delos Cosgrove, MD
Chief Executive Officer and President
Cleveland Clinic

"Quality and innovation are the central focus of the Cleveland Clinic as we believe this is the best way to keep healthcare costs low and significantly improve patient outcomes.

I invite you to attend this important Summit so we can explore options together that can make important improvements to our industry."

The 2011 Cleveland Clinic Health Care Quality Innovation Summit, to be held on May 11-13, 2011, on the Cleveland Clinic campus, is devoted to exploring novel strategies for improving the assessment and delivery of quality health care.

This 2½-day multidisciplinary conference brings together the major stakeholders in this process for in-depth discussions of the shared and sometimes competing visions through which health quality metrics can be used to advance health care outcomes. Stakeholders include patients, physicians, nurses, provider institutions, professional societies, public and private payers, regulatory agencies, nongovernment organizations, patient safety organizations, the device and pharmaceutical industry, funding agencies, as well as state and federal government agencies.

The Quality Innovation Summit will examine medical and surgical care and prevention of acute and chronic disease in six major medical domains: Orthopedics and rheumatology, endocrine and digestive diseases, heart and vascular diseases, internal and family medicine, radiology and laboratory medicine.

The goal of this Summit is to enable attendees to do the following:

  • Build a shared understanding of the vocabulary, issues, and competing and common interests and visions shaping the practices of medicine and health care;
  • Participate in a dynamic forum to explore, discuss, and debate the most effective tools, contexts, and systems with which to assess the quality and value of health care in each of these medical domains;
  • Examine current best practice models and major obstacles and discuss options to address the shared challenge of implementing systems of quality metrics;
  • Critically assess current and proposed methods through which health care quality information can be used to improve health care decision making and delivery, associated business and operational models, and state and federal health policy decisions.

What’s Unique About This Conference?

Most national meetings on health care quality focus their programs on the stakeholders who drive quality every day. This Summit expands that focus to include the interactions between stakeholders, providing a forum for new ideas and innovations that can be tied to improving quality and safety in daily clinical practice. This Summit provides opportunities for all stakeholders to develop mutual awareness and to explore opportunities for leverage, collaboration, and “cross-fertilization.”

The 2011 Cleveland Clinic Health Care Quality Innovation Summit (CC-HCQIS) builds on the tradition of the highly acclaimed Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit Series. Since 2004, these Summits have provided a national and international forum to explore and advance opportunities for innovation in patient care.

During the Summit, a renowned faculty will provide overviews of each topic area, moderate focused presentations, and lead robust open discussions. Emphasis will be placed on articulation of the basic principles and perspectives guiding stakeholders; on understanding and confronting the varied and sometimes conflicting perspectives of key stakeholders; and on identifying and developing opportunities to better align and leverage varied interests and capabilities to achieve common benefit.

Day 1 Evaluates health care quality from the perspective of varied stakeholders and disciplines.
Day 2 Features breakout sessions in which participants will discuss best practice tools and models and evolving innovations in orthopedics and rheumatology, endocrine and digestive diseases, heart and vascular diseases, internal and family medicine, radiology and laboratory medicine. 
Day 3

Reassembles all participants to explore the national landscape of health care quality assessment and examine the different stakeholders’ visions through which health quality metrics can be used on a national scale to advance health education, general wellness, reduce cost, and preserve innovation.

Core topics include the following:

  • Evolving standards in individual patient responsibility, professional societies, and credentialing and regulatory bodies;
  • Evolving opportunities in health information technology, national registries, inter-institutional networks, and payer-provider business models;
  • Crucial components of infrastructure and culture;
  • Objective and subjective realities of health care fiscal policy and legislation.

The Engine of Innovation Speaker Series
Exploring the Anatomy and Opportunity of Innovation Partnerships

The Summit is further enriched by The Engine of Innovation Speaker Series. In these luncheon and dinner presentations, keynote speakers will explore the role of stakeholders as stewards of innovation and assess the process of translating knowledge and technology into high quality practices and products that serve patients and the medical community.

The medical innovations that improve health care are initiated and implemented through the work of dedicated individuals and groups who ask the important questions, solve practical problems, and create the systems and opportunity to bring these innovations forward. The process is not linear or predictable, and involves a complex and often stochastic web of inspiration, creative questions, hard-nosed basic science, technology development, education, product development, process development, careful preclinical and clinical assessment, and responsible implementation.

Increasingly, innovations are products born out of the collaboration of multidisciplinary teams and institutions that inspire creative thinking, critical assessment, and leverage available opportunities, expertise, and resources rather than individuals. The success of these individuals and teams in improving patient care depends on their work environment to provide these components:

  • Access to information,
  • Opportunity and authority to act,
  • Funding to support both pilot work and key operations, and
  • Critical interdisciplinary partnerships that enable promising innovations to advance from concept to bench to bedside, throughout the broader community.

This Engine of Innovation Speaker Series will explore the perspective of these partners, their current roles, and future opportunities for advancing these partnerships to greater effect.



  • Describe the core principles and vocabulary of quality assessment and management practices in health care;
  • Critically appraise points of synergy and tension in the visions and perspectives of patients, physicians, institutions, third-party payers, regulatory agencies, industry, and government and nongovernment agencies;
  • Develop models of current best practices in quality assessment and management that incorporate key stakeholder perspectives;
  • Summarize the challenges and opportunities for advancing health care and cost effectiveness through collaborative programs in quality assessment and management extending across the domains of patient, physician, institution, payer, industry, and government and nongovernment organizations.

Who Should Attend

This educational activity is designed for a multidisciplinary audience of individuals involved in health care quality assessment and management that includes:

  • Clinicians, scientists, nurses, health institutions, health care administrators;
  • Public and private payers, biomedical industry;
  • Government policymakers and regulators;
  • Nongovernment organizations;
  • Patient advocates and media experts

This Summit will be of value to anyone looking for an intensive, intellectually demanding examination of health care quality from multiple perspectives in a forum that provides opportunities to participate in the real-world process of learning, discussion, exploration, and analysis needed to shape a future of shared responsibility and value in health care quality assessment and management.

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